Need to relax? Check out an adult coloring book. Sales have skyrocketed in the past two years. Coloring books could stifle creativity instead of helping it grow, though.
Denis Dutton, founding editor of the esteemed web digest Arts & Letters Daily, passed away today at age 66 after a battle with prostate cancer. We echo the sentiments of Three Quarks Daily that Dutton's site "set the gold standard that we have aspired to match in our own curating of slightly different intellectual content on the web."
We've mentioned the "What books have stayed with you?" social media trend before, and now Facebook has tallied up the most popular titles by country. The results are both exactly what you would expect - The Little Prince ranks high in France, One Hundred Years of Solitude fairs well in Latin America - and a little surprising as the Harry Potter series tops the list in countries ranging from India to Italy to Brazil.
Books by Friends, a semi-regular feature at The Atlantic, sees writer James Fallows recommend the works of authors he knows. This week, he praises a book on the history of flight, a prediction for the economy and a jeremiad on American politics by Gary Hart. You could also read our own Kevin Hartnett on Fallows and American decline.